@StatCity: Bayern preview
- 02 October 2013 15:48
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC - Words by @StatCity
Twitter must-follows @StatCity are back to provide a numerical look-ahead to every City game this season. Here are the numbers that matter ahead of tonight's clash with the European champions...
City’s crammed fixture list means that concentrations are quickly changed and focused on the Blues’ Champions League campaign. And more importantly focused on tackling arguably the best side in Europe and current Champions League holders, Bayern Munich.
The pair are meeting for the 3rd time in Europe’s premier competition with a solitary win a piece from the previous two meetings. The first meeting back in September 2011 at the Allianz Arena, was better known for the action off the pitch, rather than the action on it! City were sank by two quick-fire Mario Gomez strikes just before half-time and left Germany licking their wounds in what was a rude awakening to their life on the road in the Champions League.
The return fixture in December that year saw David Silva score his first Champions League goal for the club as the Blues secured a morale boosting 2-0 win over the German champions. Unfortunately, that result saw the Blues dumped out of the competition at the group stages, despite ending the campaign on 10 points. A points mark which famously would have seen City progress from any other group in the competition that year.
City and Bayern Munich have sized each other out already this season, clashing in the final of the Audi Cup in August. The Blues can feel hard done by, as they conceded a penalty just after taking the lead through a strong Alvaro Negredo run and finish. City will certainly have learnt lessons from that pre-season encounter and another performance like that dress rehearsal, will have fans licking their lips in anticipation. Both sides have already made impressive starts to this season’s competition and both top Group D with a 3-0 victory each from their respective Matchday 1 fixtures.
That 3-0 victory against Viktoria Plzen saw the Blues score as many away Champions League goals as they had in the entire previous 2012-13 campaign. It was a night full of landmarks for City as Sergio Aguero moved into joint-second in the all-time European goal scoring charts for the Blues (alongside Colin Bell on 8 goals). Yaya Toure’s sensational strike against Plzen saw him move into 5th place of the same table, joining Brian Kidd and Neil Young on 6 European goals for the Blues. That match also saw Pablo Zabaleta make his 200th appearance in all competitions for the club.
City’s success a fortnight ago was the first time the Blues had tasted victory in the Champions League since that aforementioned win against Munich in December 2011, a span of 7 matches.
The Etihad Stadium has become somewhat of a fortress for City in recent years. This is highlighted by the fact that the Blues are unbeaten in European competition at home since August 2008 (a bizarre 1-0 defeat at the hands of Midtjylland in the then Uefa Cup). City have played 20 European home fixtures since that fateful August night and are yet to taste defeat in a single one of them.
Home win, anyone?